Series: Snow Like Ashes,
Published by Balzer + Bray on 14 October 2014
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Magic, Politics & Intrigue, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Suspense, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Putnam, Yakim // Rania Plains // Abil, Spring // Jannuari, Winter (World name: Primoria)
First Line(s): “Block!”
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is one of those books that drew my eye the moment I unpacked that months box of ARCs from Harper Teen. It had such a pretty cover and I immediately placed it on my TBR pile but it took me awhile to get to as there was just something in the synopsis that held me back. I’ve been so wary of YA fantasy novels as they often leave me wanting and I don’t fall as head over heels in love with them as my other blogging friends have. But after reading The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas I wanted a readalike and a few bloggers kept mentioned Snow Like Ashes so when it came time to pick out plane books for my flight to Paris it made the cut. I started Snow Like Ashes on my flight home and while it started off a little slow I quickly became glad that I was trapped in a tin can for hours as I became engrossed in the story.
There plot points of the story that were pretty easy to figure out but that in no way took away from my enjoyment of the story. The set up of this world was unique with the magic split between the seasons and the rhythms. The seasons, and their corresponding countries, are set and never change, which is something that I know would please some of my friends who wish it was summer all year round. I liked the rules of the world and am curious to learn more about it as the series progresses. I also liked how Snow Like Ashes reads almost like a stand alone book. There was a mystery and a goal and things were achieved and wrapped up by the end of the book. But there are threads still open that will carry the series forward into the next two books in the trilogy. Or at least I hope it does.
Snow Like Ashes is a book that has a little bit of everything, there is action and mystery and intrigue and romance. There is a little bit of a love triangle and while I am normally super anti-love triangles I didn’t mind this one as it wasn’t overpowering. Meira didn’t moon over one boy more than the other or even do much mooning in general. Meira is your average 16 year old girl, well, as average as you can been when you live in exile in a fictional world. She does love both boys but I think that she loves them in different ways and one is a more romantic love than the other.
I think that those who like fantasy will enjoy Snow Like Ashes and I think that this one will also appeal to those who are new to fantasy and looking to explore the genre. Its a fun story and one that I was glad to have read. I liked how there was an ending as so many books have the crazy cliff hanger but even without that I am still looking forward to the next book, Ice Like Fire, which is expected to be released in 2015. And praise be that its almost 2015 as the wait for book 2 isn’t that long…or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.